Wedding Venues

The Top Wedding Venues in Upstate New York

February 2, 2023

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Truly, As Upstate New York wedding planners, it's part of our job to stay current on which wedding venues are the best choice for every unique couple we work with. We need to be vigilant in making sure that we are always providing the absolute top recommendation for their wedding day. It's one of the reasons they hire us! Today, we are sharing the most intriguing wedding venues in Upstate New York for 2023. We want to help you feel inspired and excited to start touring (and save your date!).

If you are planning a wedding in Upstate New York, we would love to hear from you. You absolutely should not book your wedding venue without expert guidance. You can learn more about our services here, or contact us to inquire about venue research as an a la carte service. Your wedding venue is a big investment. Additionally, choosing a wedding venue that won't work with your overall vision (or total budget!) can make wedding planning much harder than it needs to be. We highly recommend working with a wedding planner before signing that contract!


Audrey's Farmhouse

Audrey's farmhouse is home to a 3000 sq ft greenhouse which has become an absolutely iconic Hudson Valley wedding venue. Highly sought after, the venue fee ranges between $10,000 – $15,000. You also need to consider in-house catering starting at $165pp (with a $28,000 food and beverage minimum). When you rent the greenhouse, you are required to rent all 19 guest rooms. Trust us, it's where your guests will want to stay anyway! For those desiring a full destination wedding weekend, Audrey's farmhouse will host a rehearsal dinner and farewell brunch for an additional charge. This wedding venue is simply stunning and you won't want to leave!

Valley Rock Inn

Currently accepting weddings for 2023-2025, Valley Rock Inn only accepts 15 Saturday weddings per year. Their bread and butter is definitely their “PremiumWeekend Weddings” packages which reserve the venue for three days (and include accommodations for 34 guests). Located only 30 minutes from George Washington Bridge, this weekend wedding venue is perfect for couples who don't want to wander too far from NYC. Pricing starts at $110,000 for 2023 wedding weekends at the time of publication.

Hasbrouck House

The Hasbrouck House is where “history meets luxury” and was recently named by the World Boutique Hotel Awards as “America’s Most Romantic Retreat”. Doesn't that sound like an incredible place to celebrate your wedding? Less than two hours from NYC, their venue fee sits at $15,500. For one-day weddings, the food and beverage minimum is $27,500 for up to 150 guests. For a full weekend wedding, the minimum food and beverage investment is $49,500. Keep in mind, a full hotel room buyout (with a 2-night minimum stay) is required in addition to the venue fee.

Hasbrouck House REQUIRES you to have an onsite wedding planner so if this is a wedding venue you are considering, reach out to us here!

Gather Greene

If you've followed us for a while, you probably aren't surprised to see Gather Greene on our list of top wedding venues in Upstate New York. Able to accommodate guest lists of up to 250 people, we love all of the options they have for event space. Whether you are picturing an oasis in the middle of the woods (their Quarry!), open land of over 100 acres, in their pavilion (pictured below – protected from wind and rain!), on on the deck overlooking the Catskill and Berkshire mountains, a wedding at Gather Greene will not be something you'll ever regret. Their full weekend access fee starts at $22,800 and they do require couples work with a wedding planner.



Interested in this gorgeous wedding venue? Check out our full Gather Greene feature here.


Cedar Lakes Estate

Dubbed as a timeless private estate for modern events, Cedar Lakes Estate is easily one of the top wedding venues in Upstate New York. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, you can tie the knot on their mountaintop, in the amphitheater (a newly restored 90-year-old deck overlooking the lake), the Great Lawn, the Winter Garden (with 15,000 white twinkle lights), in their open-air Pavilion, or in their 6200 square foot barn – there is hardly a bad option!

The starting price for everything is $99,582 from December-April or $199,167 for May-November (including the site fee and food and beverage minimum). When you reserve Cedar Lakes Estate, you also need to commit to a 2-night stay in their 36 cottages, houses, and cabins (not included in the starting price) but they make it effortless for your guests to reserve. We love how Cedar Lakes Estate truly cares about curating an entire weekend experience for you and your guests and encourages you to take advantage of everything included: from bonfire pits to their heated pool!

Interested in this wedding venue? It's one of our favorites. Make sure to check out the full feature on Cedar Lakes Estate here.

Inns of Aurora

If you are looking for an elegant, yet incredibly charming wedding venue in Upstate New York, you should consider Inns of Aurora. Firstly, accommodating guest lists of up to 200 people, you can get married, a private building for hair and makeup, a lakeside ceremony, and an incredible reception underneath their white sailcloth Sperry tent. Additionally, with farm-to-table dining, food is never an afterthought at Inns of Aurora. From May-October, the rental fee starts at $27,500 with an additional food and beverage minimum of $29,000.

Want to see real weddings at the Inns of Aurora? Check out Ashley and Max's Fall Wedding here and Ashley and David's wedding here!

The Lake House on Canandaigua

It's no secret that we have been spending a lot of our days at The Lake House on Canandaigua. You can read our full venue report here, or feel inspired by Caleb and Eddie's wedding here or check out Mallory and Bill's wedding here. Both are different, and truly show all that the Lake House has to offer. If you are looking for a wedding venue in the Finger Lakes, this might be the one. From May-October, the rental fee starts at $25,000 with an additional food and beverage minimum of $45,000.

summer wedding ceremony at wedding at The Lake House on Canandaigua.

Oak Hill Country Club

If you are dreaming of a country club wedding, Oak Hill Country Club is the last on our list of the top wedding venues in Upstate New York. We couldn't call it a list of top wedding venues if we included all of the places we love, could we? As Rochester-based wedding planners, we can't help but love a luxury venue so close to home. Their semi-permanent tent makes the perfect starting point to design a truly customizable and memorable wedding day. Couples must be members or be sponsored by an Oak Hill member. Oak Hill also has reciprocity with several other country clubs if they are not members.

Want to see a real wedding at Oak Hill Country Club? Click here.

wedding at Oak Hill Country Club

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Planning a wedding at one of the top wedding venues in Upstate New York

We hope you are reading this inspired by all the possibilities. Whether you are drawn to the Finger Lakes or looking for a remote getaway in the Berkshires, the options are endless. In conclusion, these featured wedding venues are truly just the beginning. We highly recommend working with a wedding planner for your venue selection. Your venue choice truly influences all other wedding planning decisions. Likewise, most luxury wedding venues will require you to work with a wedding planner anyway. Similarly, we will always advocate for hiring a wedding planner as early in the process as possible.

Without sounding like a broken record, we would be honored to be considered for your wedding day. You can learn about our Upstate New York wedding planning packages here. Or, if you aren't sure about full planning yet, contact us here. We can always look at assisting you with just the venue selection process. At least, for now!